Taking a flight over Heart Reef is a popular post-wedding activity.
Taking a flight over Heart Reef is a popular post-wedding activity. contributed

Whitsunday weddings: Top five venues to tie the knot

WHITSUNDAYS' enhanced reputation as a destination wedding location could have helped drive the 45% jump in tourist spending within the past year.

Whitsunday Tourism chief executive officer Craig Turner said it had worked closely in partnership with Wedding Whitsunday to get the region on the radar of those planning to tie the knot.

"There's those who want the big weddings out on Hamilton Island. Then there's those that just want to get a celebrant in a cane field," Mr Turner said.

Another popular option, he said, was to get married on one of Bowen's beaches, before taking the wedding party back to Airlie Beach.

When asked what the top five wedding destinations for the region would be Mr Turner said there were a lot of options, but listed the following: 

Top Five Wedding Destinations:

Whitehaven Beach: Mr Turner said it was popular to get married on the iconic beach before the wedding couple took a helicopter ride over Heart Reef and returned to join the party.

Villa Botanica: A multi-million dollar estate and wedding venue at Woodwark Bay, north of Airlie Beach.

Bowen beaches, including Rose and Horseshoe bays: Mr Turner said the wedding party would often then head back to Airlie Beach after the ceremony.

Hamilton and Daydream islands: Particularly for larger wedding parties.

Palm Bay Resort on Long Island: Mr Turner said the boutique resort catered particularly well to smaller wedding parties of 25-30 people, who stayed in the 14 beachfront cabins.